Moms’ Top Back-to-School Concern Is Substance Abuse

Moms’ Top Back-to-School Concern Is Substance Abuse

A recent online survey of more than 2,500 moms conducted by in collaboration with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America found that moms’ top concern about their children heading back to school is that their child might be exposed to kids who drink or use drugs. The next most popular concern was that their kids might feel pressure to do well academically and feel pressure from tests.

A 2007 study of 6,500 teens indicated that the number-one reason teens use drugs is to cope with school stress; it also found that the key risk periods for adolescent drug abuse are during major transitions, such as entering middle school or high school or leaving home for college. So it seems that parents aren’t just being paranoid: It’s time to talk to kids about drugs and managing stress.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America kicks off its third annual Time to Talk Month with a new online guide to help parents guide their teens through tough times. The research-based guide "Transitions & Teens: A Guide for Parents" is a free download at, and was created by parenting experts, psychologists, and family therapists.

"The beginning of the school year is an especially vulnerable time for most kids, especially for teens making the move from middle school to high school, or any child who is starting a new school," said Sandi Delack, RN and President of the National Association of School Nurses.

"The good news is that there’s a lot of support available for parents to help their kids make a smoother, safer transition. One significant resource for parents is the school nurse, who has experience working with children and adolescents and an understanding of the stress students experience in school."

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